NFL Nation’s Sam Monson looks at which teams should check out as free agents and which they should avoid.
Here’s a look at which free agents are eligible and which teams you should avoid, and which players to avoid and which to check out.
Tennessee Titans (6-5)Head coach Jeff Fisher was a big believer in the running game in 2014, and the Titans are poised to improve in that area again this season.
Injuries to running backs Marcus Mariota and Derrick Henry have led to two of the Titans most productive running backs, Derrick Henry, in the second year of his rookie deal and Derrick Thomas in the first.
A few of the more notable injuries this year: Running back Chris Johnson has missed five games because of an ankle injury and linebacker DeMarcus Walker is dealing with a groin injury.
The Titans could use a new starting running back in 2017, but they should be looking to improve on their rookie season.
Washington Redskins (6,5-6)The Washington Redskins’ defense has been inconsistent this season and the unit hasn’t had many starts.
They should have at least a couple of starting linebackers, a defensive tackle, a linebacker, a receiver and perhaps a tight end.
That’s not to say they’ll have all those players, but if the Redskins want to get more production out of their defensive backs, the starting front seven is a priority.
New York Jets (6)This year’s team is expected to be in the bottom half of the league in total yards allowed, and they should do well against the pass this year as well.
Quarterback Geno Smith has shown he’s capable of getting the ball to the quarterback, and with the emergence of Bryce Petty, that could change.
That said, the Jets will need a lot of help from their offensive line.
They are not in the best position to compete against teams like the Patriots, Steelers, Jaguars and Bears.
Cleveland Browns (7-5-1)The Browns lost two of their top three offensive linemen, guard Marshal Yanda and center Dominic Raiola, in free agency, and that has allowed quarterback Joe Thomas to become a full-time starter.
With that, the Browns have to replace all three starting offensive linemen.
They also have a lot to lose with receiver Josh Gordon being suspended indefinitely, and cornerback Justin Gilbert coming off knee surgery.
The Browns could also use some help at cornerback with Josh McCown out for the year and Marcus Gilbert, Josh McCrary and Josh Shaw injured.
Carolina Panthers (6.5-5, third in NFC South)It was a rough offseason for the Panthers, and coach Ron Rivera did not have much success in getting the team to the playoffs.
It’s not like the Panthers are the team that won Super Bowl XLVIII.
They have some talented players on the roster, but there are not many returning starting players.
They might be in a better position to improve the defense next year, but with the departure of defensive coordinator Dom Capers and linebacker Luke Kuechly, the Panthers will be relying on the rest of the defense.
New England Patriots (8)The Patriots’ defense is expected be one of the best in the NFL.
The defense allowed the fewest points per game in the league last season and they will likely continue to be one the top defenses in the NFC this year.
The Patriots are still young at linebacker, so they could use some talent on defense, especially with defensive tackle Vince Wilfork out for at least the season with a torn ACL.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6).
The Buccaneers are one of four teams that will be looking for a top-10 defense in the AFC.
They’ll also be one team without star defensive tackle Gerald McCoy.
They could be looking at a new top pass rusher and a lot could change in the offseason.
Indianapolis Colts (6)- The Colts were one of only three teams in the Super Bowl era that allowed fewer points than the Raiders, who led the league with 25.4 points per contest.
They won the AFC South by only a single point in the regular season, but the Colts will look to improve their overall record in the playoffs and possibly reach the AFC Championship game.
Arizona Cardinals (7)- The Cardinals have struggled to defend the pass in the past two seasons, and this will be the second straight year they’ll be a pass-happy team.
But that shouldn’t stop them from looking to find a way to stop opposing quarterbacks.
Dallas Cowboys (8)- Dallas will look for a lot from wide receiver Dez Bryant this season after a disappointing 2016 season.
Bryant has become one of top receivers in the draft class, but he will also need to prove that he can be an effective receiver in the red zone, which will be crucial in the Cowboys’ quest for a Super Bowl title.
Carolina Vikings (7)The Vikings lost their top two offensive